Master Food Volunteers of Northern Virginia

Master Food Volunteers of Northern Virginia The Master Food Volunteer Program helps Extension reach more Virginians with up-to-date, research-based knowledge on food preparation, nutrition, food safety, and physical activity.
(1)

Operating as usual

Catch this webinar next week on #12daysofactivewinterbreak
12/11/2020
Kidical Mass Arlington

Catch this webinar next week on #12daysofactivewinterbreak

Are you a parent or caregiver staring down winter break, wondering how you'll keep kids active & entertained?

WalkArlington BikeArlington APS Safe Routes to School & KidicalMass Arlington have you covered with the #12DaysofActiveWinterBreak. (There will be some Arlington-specific ideas, but many of the ideas can be adapted to anywhere!)

We kick it off with a Zoom session, where County staff & residents will quickly present 12 free, physically distant, accessible, and walk/bike friendly ideas. We'll include practical tips on how to stay warm & make it fun! There will be time for questions. Live session is next Thursday, 12/17 at 6:30pm and free! (The video will be available after).

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/12-days-of-active-winter-break-tickets-132152552843

12/09/2020
December 14 Update on FCPS Meals | Fairfax County Public Schools

Meal distribution in Fairfax County during the winter holidays, from December 18, 2020 to January 6, 2021: https://www.fcps.edu/node/42545

December 14 Update on FCPS Meals Change in meals distribution for Winter Break Translate this page አማርኛ العربية English Español فارسی 한국어 اردو Tiếng Việt 中文 Other Language Dear Parents and Caregivers, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to providi...

Fairfax County Health Department
12/08/2020
Fairfax County Health Department

Fairfax County Health Department

In response to the increased needs of residents who are 60 years old and older and who require assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, Fairfax County, through the Health Department’s Neighbor to Neighbor Program (N2N), has launched a free grocery shopping and pharmacy pick-up service. The service is provided to seniors at private residences by volunteers who have completed background checks.

To request shopping and pharmacy pick-up, or to find out if you are eligible for financial assistance to obtain food, contact the Fairfax County Aging, Disability and Caregiver Resource line at 703-324-7948.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2K1OhS5

pretty cool!
12/06/2020
7 Eyewitness News WKBW

pretty cool!

NASA says that the radishes reached maturity in 27 days, and are fully edible and nutritious.

Fairfax County Health Department
12/05/2020

Fairfax County Health Department

It's National Handwashing Awareness Week!

Handwashing can help prevent 1 in 5 respiratory illnesses and 1 in 3 diarrheal illnesses. Learn more about the benefits of handwashing: https://bit.ly/36LjgcU

#KeepHandsClean

Meal distribution during the holidays: Thanksgiving and Winter Break.
11/20/2020

Meal distribution during the holidays: Thanksgiving and Winter Break.

📣 ACPS Food Distribution for Thanksgiving Break and Winter Break

🦃 Thanksgiving Break:
Meal distribution sites will be open as usual on Monday, Nov. 23 and will provide meals to families to cover Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for that week. Distribution sites will be CLOSED on Wednesday, Nov. 25 and Friday, Nov. 27, and will reopen the following Monday, Nov. 30.

❄️ Winter Break and 5-day Meal Kits:
All ACPS meal distribution sites will be open during normal days/hours through Friday, Dec. 18, and will be closed during Winter Break, Dec. 21 through Jan. 1. Families can request a Winter Break 5-day meal kit by completing the Winter Break Meal Kit Request Form no later than Monday, Dec. 7. Meal kits will be handed out on Thursday, Dec. 17, between 7:30 a.m. and noon at the school site that the family chooses on the sign-up form.

➡️ Sign Up for a 5-Day Meal Kit for Winter Break – deadline is Monday, Dec. 7: https://acpsweb.wufoo.com/forms/winter-break-school-meals-s1crte7y18a6fub/

Have questions?
For English: Call or text 703-844-1763
For Spanish: Call or text 703-844-3424
For Amharic: Call or text 703-927-6866
For Arabic: Call or text 703-927-7095

Arlington County Virginia – Government
11/20/2020

Arlington County Virginia – Government

We can all make it a safer holiday season by considering how our holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and continuing to practice the public health guidance we know slows the spread. Learn more: http://ow.ly/I2r850CoiXC

Food safety tips if you're cooking turkey for Thanksgiving!
11/20/2020

Food safety tips if you're cooking turkey for Thanksgiving!

Thank you Becky Sheffield Gartner, Unit Coordinator
Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Virginia Cooperative Extension, Culpeper County Office for this great Thanksgiving resource.

Fairfax County Government
11/19/2020
Fairfax County Government

Fairfax County Government

Out of Work Due To COVID-19? Apply for Job Training by Dec. 8
-------------------------------------------------
If you have lost your job or experienced a reduction of hours and pay due to COVID-19, the new Re-Employing Virginians (REV) initiative can help.

Through Governor Ralph Northam’s REV campaign, the Fairfax County Department of Family Services is able to reskill and upskill job seekers recovering from the impacts of the global pandemic.

Time is limited! Those interested must apply by Dec. 8 and training must be completed by Dec. 29.

Details: https://bit.ly/3fmHo9S

11/16/2020
Arlington VA Public Library

Great storytime from Arlington VA Public Library featuring turnips! You can find turnips at local farmers markets since they're in season now! Here's a great fact-sheet with recipes and storage information on turnips:https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/content/dam/pubs_ext_vt_edu/HNFE/HNFE-320/HNFE-320-4/HNFE-320-4-pdf.pdf

Come take a taste of Miss Cindy’s Food Storytime!

Safe Plates Food Safety Information Center
11/14/2020

Safe Plates Food Safety Information Center

Next MONDAY at 5:30pm we will be hosting a Holiday Food Safety Q&A on Facebook. This is an opportunity to ask all of your holiday gathering questions to experts. 🦃🍽️ #HolidayGatherings #COVID19

Safe Plates Food Safety Information Center
11/06/2020

Safe Plates Food Safety Information Center

Whether you are getting food delivered, picking up or actually stepping into the grocery store - get to it! Start shopping for your non-perishable foods now to get ready for turkey day. #SafePlatesHolidays #Thanksgiving

COVID-19 and Thanksgiving....learn the risks.
11/05/2020

COVID-19 and Thanksgiving....learn the risks.

As Thanksgiving approaches, many may be wondering how to celebrate safely this season. Please remember that we all have an important role to play in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and we must not let our guard down, even around friends and family.

See the guidelines for a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving during COVID-19: https://bit.ly/326MrFW

#FFXCOVID

Safe Plates Food Safety Information Center
11/03/2020

Safe Plates Food Safety Information Center

A call to our fellow stress bakers out there tonight. 🍪🍰🍞 #Baking #FoodSafety

Food for Others
10/29/2020

Food for Others

WE NEED YOUR HELP - Thanksgiving is coming and our freezer is full of turkeys and chickens, but we're a little short on side dishes. The next time you shop, add a few trimmings to your cart to help families in need have a great Thanksgiving! We especially need stuffing and gravy.

Pro tip from Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program!
10/22/2020

Pro tip from Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program!

Do you have green tomatoes left on the vine that don't seem to be ripening? The optimum temperature range for ripening mature green tomatoes is 68–77 F. The colder temperatures get, the slower the ripening process will be. And, when temperatures are outside the optimum range for extended periods, conditions may become so stressful that the ripening process virtually halts.

If you have green tomatoes that are still pretty firm and you don't expect the weather to warm back up, you can try picking them and ripening indoors using the newspaper method:

"Pick the tomatoes, wash them, and dry them. Wrap in newspapers, place in a box in a single layer and store in a cool place. Tomatoes should not be allowed to touch. Store the box in a cool dry place, such as an unheated basement or garage. Check the boxes regularly for signs of ripening, and remove those that are starting to change color so they can finish ripening on your counter top.

The flavor won’t be as good as those you picked that were already starting to change color, but they’re still WAY better than anything you can buy in the supermarket, and this method can yield tomatoes for several weeks."

Options for ripening tomatoes indoors: https://lee.ces.ncsu.edu/2015/10/how-to-ripen-green-tomatoes-indoors-4/

More help with slow ripening tomatoes: https://www.purdue.edu/hla/sites/yardandgarden/tomatoes-not-ripening/

--Graphic text---

1. Tomatoes must be mature and disease-free. Small, immature tomatoes probably won’t ripen.

2. Pick the tomatoes, wash them, and dry them. Wrap each tomato in a piece of newspaper and place in a box in a single layer. Tomatoes should not be allowed to touch.

3. Store the box in a cool dry place, such as an unheated basement or garage. Check the boxes regularly for signs of ripening, and remove those that are starting to change color so they can finish ripening on your counter top.

Kids in the Kitchen: Cooking at Home with Kids! Learn how to work with kids in the kitchen at school, after school, and ...
10/19/2020

Kids in the Kitchen: Cooking at Home with Kids! Learn how to work with kids in the kitchen at school, after school, and at home and get tips and recipes to cook with kids of all ages. Sign up if you can't make it so you can receive the recording.

Dates: Tuesday, Oct 20 5:30pm-6:30pm
Register at: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJckceCvpz4sG9ZLJ_Zz5YrDGv0ecJjtwjXY

Presenters:
Mary Sanders, HCAT Arlington Coordinator
Kate Garsson, Inova Healthy Plate Club
Reggie Morris and Cooking demonstrations with 4-H Teen(s). Alexandria 4-H Youth Development

Moderated by: Aisha Salazar, Family & Consumer Sciences Associate Extension Agent, VCE Arlington & Alexandria

We hope you can join us tomorrow for a fun class---Kids in the Kitchen: Cooking at Home with Kids! Learn how to work with kids in the kitchen at school, after school, and at home and get tips and recipes to cook with kids of all ages. Sign up if you can't make it so you can receive the recording.

Dates: Tuesday, Oct 20 5:30pm-6:30pm
Register at: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJckceCvpz4sG9ZLJ_Zz5YrDGv0ecJjtwjXY

Presenters:
Mary Sanders, HCAT Arlington Coordinator
Kate Garsson, Inova Healthy Plate Club
Reggie Morris and Cooking demonstrations with 4-H Teen(s). Alexandria 4-H Youth Development

Moderated by: Aisha Salazar, Family & Consumer Sciences Associate Extension Agent, VCE Arlington & Alexandria

Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture Fairfax Food Council Fairfax 4-H Arlington County 4-H Master Food Volunteers of Northern Virginia Virginia Cooperative Extension - Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia Virginia Cooperative Extension Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing AHC Affordable Housing

Tonight! Thursday at 7pm: Urban Home Gardening Series Week 2: What's the Plan? https://virginiatech.zoom.us/meeting/regi...
10/15/2020

Tonight! Thursday at 7pm: Urban Home Gardening Series Week 2: What's the Plan? https://virginiatech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvc-qvrj8vGdHGivQoqUGi2BvxMrGrKbd8

This Friday at 3pm: Kids in the Garden: How to work with kids in the garden at school, after school, and at home https://virginiatech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvdemtrz8sGNE_2kunRFfbJlMj8HiMzxe1

Join us tonight and Friday for two great gardening classes! One is on figuring out your plan to create a garden and the other has tips to get kids and teens gardening!

Urban Home Gardening Series Week 2: What's the Plan?
Site selection assessment for light, space, and drainage. Crop selection for size and space considerations, planning for reducing maintenance requirements. Crop succession, container gardening, and planting for pollinators.
• Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 7pm
• Registration: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvc-qvrj8vGdHGivQoqUGi2BvxMrGrKbd8
• Panelist: Ilana Rea, Hoffman Boston Victory Garden

Kids in the Garden: How to work with kids in the garden at school, after school, and at home
This class will feature school garden coordinators from Arlington, Fairfax, and Alexandria who have experience working with kids big and small (including teens!).
• Friday, October 16 from 3-4pm.
• Registration: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvdemtrz8sGNE_2kunRFfbJlMj8HiMzxe1
• Panelists:
o Christy Przystawik, School Garden Coordinator at Campbell Elementary
o Ivy Mitchell, Farm Education Director at Arcadia Center for Sustainable Agriculture
o Raena Mitchell, Children's Garden Liaison at Alexandria City Public Schools
• Moderated by Stacey Evers, Co-chair of Fairfax Food Council Urban Agriculture Working Group

Food distribution on Thursday, October 15th at South County Government Center.
10/13/2020

Food distribution on Thursday, October 15th at South County Government Center.

Upcoming FREE Food Distribution Drive Thru Event

When: Thursday, October 15th 12:00PM
Where: South County Government Center, 8350
Richmond Hwy, Alexandria VA 22309

More Info:
- Enter on Buckman Road
- New 32lb box with produce, dairy and meat products
- NO WALKUPS (Drive thru event)
- No eligibility required.
- Contact-free distribution.
- Please wear face coverings to pick up dairy, meat and produce

10/13/2020
ALIVE

This Saturday! ALIVE Truck-to-Trunk.

Truck-to-Trunk: Saturday, October 17 from 8:30 am – 10:30 am, ALIVE! will distribute emergency food at the parking lots of Cora Kelly (3600 Commonwealth Ave) and John Adams (5651 Rayburn Ave) elementary schools. Drive-through and walk-up service available.

Learn where to get tested in Fairfax county.
10/13/2020

Learn where to get tested in Fairfax county.

Las pruebas para detectar el COVID-19 están disponibles en Fairfax y jurisdicciones circundantes: https://bit.ly/3ks4dec

Join us on Tuesday, October 13th from 9:30-11am for The Pandemic Pivot - Businesses adapting to keep afloat - Hear how l...
10/12/2020

Join us on Tuesday, October 13th from 9:30-11am for The Pandemic Pivot - Businesses adapting to keep afloat - Hear how local restaurants, businesses, and farmers markets pivoted to meet customers needs.

Registration: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMlce-vrTsuGdw8RCvhdASutpb5GLvAZu8H

Panelists:
--David Guas, Chef/Owner at Bayou Bakery and Co-founder Chefs Feeding Families
--Ryan Pierce, Fresh Impact Farms
--Dalila Boclin, Director of Programs at Freshfarm
--Juan Pablo Echeverria, Outreach and Education Coordinator, Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture

Moderator: Dr. Caroline Boules, Lecturer at the Environmental
Science and Public Policy program at University of Maryland

October is Urban Agriculture Month! Bayou Bakery is joining #Virginia & many other organizations across #Arlington for a month long celebration with events on urban agriculture. This year's theme is Urban Agriculture: Resiliency Rooted in Innovation. Our own David Guas is showing his dedication to the agricultural community w/his participation in the 'Pandemic Pivot' Panel. Chef will be joined by other Northern VA restaurants, businesses, and farmers markets who have all pivotied their business models and practices due to COVID-19 in order to meet the needs of our customers & most importantly, to keep our community safe! Check out how to register for this event and others like it by visiting VCE Arlington website!

Cooking Your Fall Harvest: How to Cook SquashJoin us TODAY from 1-2pm as Caryn Wagner, VCE Arlington & Alexandria Master...
10/09/2020

Cooking Your Fall Harvest: How to Cook Squash

Join us TODAY from 1-2pm as Caryn Wagner, VCE Arlington & Alexandria Master Food Volunteer, demonstrates two recipes for cooking with squash! She'll also highlight the benefits of eating squash.

Register at https://virginiatech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0lcu2hqz8uGdSvytDL9xz7zIkaSsGwHXlF
This event is part of October's Urban Agriculture Month. This month's theme is Urban Agriculture: Resiliency Rooted in Innovation. Learn more about our events at https://arlington.ext.vt.edu/programs/urbanag.html

The Virginia Department of Social Services
10/07/2020

The Virginia Department of Social Services

We understand that there are a lot of conversations taking place about different benefits, many of which are new to the state or perhaps your family. To help navigate these changes, we've developed the below graphic that breaks down SNAP-related programs. VDSS remains committed to ensuring Virginia's most vulnerable citizens have access to the best services and benefits available to them.

The Virginia Tech motto is #UtProsim and this alumni couple stepped up to help Hokies facing food insecurity on campus. ...
09/30/2020
Virginia Tech

The Virginia Tech motto is #UtProsim and this alumni couple stepped up to help Hokies facing food insecurity on campus. Way to go Hokies!

When a Virginia Tech Alumni couple, Hema and Mehul Sanghani, learned how many #VirginiaTech students face food insecurity, they felt compelled to act so that Hokies wouldn’t have to worry about how to get healthy meals.

The Sanghanis stepped forward in the spirit of #UtProsim with a $1.5 million donation that will enhance food-access at the university, supporting the launch of an innovative program, called The Market of Virginia Tech. Each week this initiative provides up to 75 students with enough fresh ingredients for seven days of meals, helping to put Hokies on a path toward success. The Market differs from hundreds of university programs nationwide in that it’s an online-driven system – providing more flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic, but also helping to maintain student privacy.

Thank you, Hema and Mehul, for your generosity and service that will allow Hokies to reach their full potential! 🧡

Address

12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA
22035

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Master Food Volunteers of Northern Virginia posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Business

Send a message to Master Food Volunteers of Northern Virginia:

Nearby government services